SFB Seminar Series 2018
ZEW-SFB Public Finance Conference

4th FHM Development Economics Workshop
Workshop on Probability-Based an Nonprobability Survey Research
Passive Data to supplement survey Data
Workshop on Crisis Corporatism or Corporatism in Crisis? Social Concertation and Social Pacts in Europe
SFB Seminar Series: High-quality research designs using Monte Carlo techniques

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SFB Seminar Series 2018

Details about the seminars can be found in our archive here.

Overview of Seminars in 2018

February 5: Marko Klasnja, Georgetown University
February 16: Florian Foos, King's College London
February 19: Zoe Kühn, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
February 22: Nona Bledow, University of Konstanz
February 27: Peter Lugtig, Utrecht University
March 5: Carlo M. Horz, IAST - The Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
March 19: Marta Curto-Graum, Universitat de Barcelona
April 12: Wouter Verbeke, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
April 23: Michelle Taylor-Robinson, Texas AM University
May 12: Livia Isabella Schubiger, London School of Economics and Political Science
May 28: Nina Wiesehomeier, School of International Relations in Madrid
August 20: Stephan Schlosser, Universität Göttingen
September 10: Michael Zilis, University of Kentucky
September 24: Seungmin Kuk - Washington University in St. Louis

4th FHM Development Economics Workshop

ZEW-SFB Public Finance Conference

The theme of the 2018 conference was fiscal policy coordination in Europe. The keynote lectures of Agnès Bénassy-Quéré (Paris School of Economics) and Martin Hellwig (MPI Bonn) were centered on this topic. However, the conference included many contributions of other fields of public economics and political economy.

The Conference takes place at ZEW in Mannheim, Germany, on 23-24 April, 2018. Click here to have a look at the conference schedule and here to read the report.

Workshop on Probability-Based and Nonprobability Survey Research

This  workshop  brought together  experts  on  probability-based  and  nonprobability  survey  research  to discuss the latest developments and foster international collaborations.
We are happy to announce that the workshop will include a keynote speech by Jon Krosnick
(Stanford University). Furthermore, we are working with the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology on a call for papers to a special issue on the workshop topic. Accepted contributed papers will be presented at the workshop at the University of Mannheim on June 25-26, 2018.

Presentations should  address  methodological  issues related to  probability-based and  nonprobability  survey  data.
For more Information please have a look here.

Passive Data to Supplement Survey Data

28. August 2018, 13:00 Uhr

GESIS, Mannheim, B2,8 (rechts)

Stephanie Eckman


As survey costs increase and response rates decrease, researchers are looking to alternative methods to collect data from study subjects. Passive data are data collected from subjects without posing questions and recording responses. Examples are passive data are: location data collected from smartphones; applications installed on smartphones; activity data from fitness devices such as fitbits. Because they are collected without subject involvement, passive data may offer a way to reduce the burden born by our research subjects while also allowing us to  collect high quality data needed for social science research. However, preliminary research into how to collect and analyze passive data is needed. In this talk, I present three research studies which use passive data to improve the quality and/or reduce the burden of survey data. The talk will focus on what we have learned and what research remains to be done.

About the Speaker

Dr. Stephanie Eckman holds a PhD from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology. She has worked from the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg, Germany and at the Sociology Department at the University of Mannheim. She is currently a Fellow at RTI International in Washington DC. Her research interests include motivated misreporting, sampling methods in low resource settings, and the use of passive data.

By the way:
GESIS'  lecture series are open to the public and interested parties and comprise of a thirty-minute talk by the guest followed by discussion and questions. Also People from outside Mannheim are invited to watch the talk via Adobe Connect.

For more information please click here.

Workshop on Crisis Corporatism or Corporatism in Crisis? Social Concertation and Social Pacts in Europe

4-6 September 2018

Universität Mannheim, A 5,6; Raum A231 / B316,


Research question/goal:

Labour relations in Germany and several other European countries have been marked by longstanding social partnership. This, however, has been challenged in recent decades with uncertain consequences for political economies and organized interests. Accordingly, this project seeks to disentangle analytical and political debates about the viability of organized capitalism. First, the project explores the question if, and if so how and why, the recent economic crisis has altered Germany’s labour relations and the social partners’ relations with the government. Second, it analyses the cross-national variation in the involvement of the social partners in governmental crisis politics in Europe, and it also investigates the subsequent effects on policy contents and organized interests for selected countries. Both project parts rely on an innovative mix of research methods and generate valuable empirical findings that will contribute to evaluating debates on institutional and organizational change of labour relations and welfare states.

By the way:

In October 2017, the project team and international collaborators met for a first workshop in Mannheim, discussing the theoretical framework for defining and operationalizing social pacts and social concertation. The project is currently at the stage of data collection and preliminary analyses for the systematic cross-national comparison as well as preparing the in-depth case studies of the selected countries.

Detailed Workshop Schedule

SFB Seminar Series: High-quality research designs using Monte Carlo techniques

08. October  2018, 14:00 - 15:00

SFB 884
University of Mannheim B6, 30-32
Room 310
68131 Mannheim

Macartan Humphreys - Columbia University New York


Researchers need to select high-quality research designs and communicate those designs clearly to readers. Both tasks are difficult. We provide a framework for formally "declaring'' the analytically relevant features of a research design in a demonstrably complete manner, with applications to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. The approach to design declaration we describe requires defining a model of the world (M), an inquiry (I), a data strategy (D), and an answer strategy (A). Declaration of these features in code provides sufficient information for researchers and readers to use Monte Carlo techniques to diagnose properties such as power, bias, correct identification of causal conditions, and other "diagnosands.'" Ex ante declarations can be used to improve designs and facilitate preregistration, analysis, and reconciliation of intended and actual analyses. Ex post declarations are useful for describing, sharing, reanalyzing, and critiquing existing designs. We provide open-source software, DeclareDesign https://declaredesign.org to implement the proposed approach.

About the Speaker

Macartan Humphreys (Ph.D., Harvard, 2003) works on the political economy of development and formal political theory. Ongoing research focuses on political inequality, post-conflict development, identity politics, and democratic development with a current focus on the use of field experiments to study democratic decision-making in post-conflict and developing areas. He has conducted field research in Chad, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mali, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Uganda, and elsewhere. Recent work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, the Economic Journal, and elsewhere. He has authored or coauthored books on ethnic politics, natural resource management, and game theory and politics. A former Trudeau fellow and scholar of the Harvard Academy, he is a Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and Director of research on Institutions and Political Inequality at the WZB in Berlin.